They are protected. It is taken very seriously. They have been seen up on the grassy hill, but not often. They like to sunbathe and stay down at the waters edge. Some people ignore the signs and wade in the water up to their calves fishing Most people stand down near the edge when they fish but NO THANK YOU for me!! I'll pass. Our street is across the street from the walk. Our house is 3 houses up the block so Mr. Gator would have quite a distance to reach us. Also our backyard doesn't face water, just another neighbor!!
Yikes! That would make me nervous! I think we watch way too much TV and have a fear of being eaten alive (though that is probably one of the most unlikely ways to go). We Northerners have this unfounded idea that all bodies of water in the south are inhabited bygiant man-eating alligators. The most dangerous reptiles we have to worry about around here are rat snakes. They are aggressive but harmless. It's rumored that there are rattlesnakes here, too, but the last confirmed sighting of a rattlesnake in our town was in the late forties.
I hear that you also have mosquitos the size of small birds n Florida...
Looks like he is center of the picture about midway a little above the grass line, but I cant open the picture any bigger to see.
Over here in Texas the alligators are so plentyful now we can hunt them.There's a town east of Houston that has a "Gator Fest" http://www.texasgatorfest.com/
When I have gone fishing/crabbing the gators would always be hanging around.You would see the eyes and then they would submerge only to come up a little closer. I really dont get bothered by them.We have a state park here that when you go on a walk on the trails you have to watch where you go.They like to lay right in the middle of the trail and sun and dont like to move.Their eyes are always on you though. Although I'm sure a basset would make for a quick meal so be careful.
I'll tell ya what though they are good eating.You have to know how to cook them though.
No, the mosquitos in FL are the size of jets....not small birds. At least when we lived there. The palmetto bugs (flying cockroaches) are the size of birds. When I saw the first one, I was ready to move back to Bassetchusetts!!!!! :lol: When one was flying over Ruby's head, she ducked. So it wasn't just me being freaked out.